KDEPIM 4.6 prob^Wimpressions
wonko at wonkology.org
Thu Jul 7 01:33:56 BST 2011
A little update on the KDEPIM situation. Kontact sort of works now, but it
feels slower than before. Even changing between Kontact's different modules
is slower now. I think about not using Kontact at all, but its individual
components, with their windows grouped together (a really cool feature of
KDE4 which I often use). Well, it's not _really_ bad, switching takes 1-2
seconds, but it used to be instantaneous before, and I like to quickly peek
into Akregator and back to see if there are new messages.
Kontact's summary shows an over-due to-do item, but when I click on it, the
to-do list is empty. Probably a migration problem, but why does it show up
in the summary then? But I did not use this feature much, so I don't care
about the lost entries.
Quite often an IMAP folder still shows unread mails when I already had read
them all. Selecting another folder and again the one with the unread mails
usually fixes this.
What I liked about the old KMail was that I could open folders in tabs. The
problem with this was that folders opened in tabs did not get checked for
new mail, I hoped this would be fixed. But it seems this feature is gone
I wanted to see if distribution lists work with the new Kontact - they did
not with the old one, a mail to TESTGROUP would not go to the email
addresses of this group's members, but TESTGROUP at myserver.mydomain. But when
I open the address book and enter a new group, the new KMail does not know
about this group and will not autocomplete. Seems like KMail does not know
about any of my contacts.
I do not understand at all how this works. I still have the contacts in my
address book, so the migration has worked for them, but when I open the
settings, they show the location as ~/.kde4/share/apps/kabc/stdvcf, and this
directory is empty. So all this stuff is in Akonadi's mysql database now?
What's the purpose of this empty directory?
When moving messages from my inbox to another folder, they often (but not
always) still show up, but grayed out. I already know this behavior from
some other mail clients I tried, except for the old KMail and Thunderbird,
it can be fixed by logging into my IMAP server and running mutt. When
quitting, I am asked whether to purge the deletes messages. I wonder what I
could do if I had not shell access to the server.
Today I unsubscribed from the ubuntu-users list which I do not read anyway,
and because of the 250M this folder takes on the IMAP server, I decided to
delete it. I also wanted to verify if bug 239859 still happens, KMail used
to crash when deleting IMAP folders while still having it open.
Well, what do you think happened? Right, Kontact took ages deleting this,
became unresponsive, after half an hour I killed the process.
akonadi_imap_re still was quite busy. When starting Kontact again, a
composing window with an unfinished mail opened, but not the main window. So
I killed Kontact again. I stopped the Akonadi server, restarted it, and now
Kontact was working again.
Again, I tried to delete the huge mailing list folder, and this time I
waited for about two hours. Kontact was still usable, but very slow, and the
KMail part did not display mails. akonadi_imap_re used about 40% of CPU
resources, having an accumulated total time of an hour now. This process
uses a lot of CPU resources even when I do nothing with Kontact, same goes
Finally, I got an error message, the folder could not be deleted. So I
deleted it with Thunderbird, which did the job in seconds. KMail still
showed the folder and its contents, but after a restart it is finally gone.
Sometimes I get notifications like this from my IMAP server:
<server>: Saving failed, server replied: A015537 BAD Invalid system flag
\RECENT. This just happened when changing into a folder that has a new mail.
This morning, I had some similar message, but it told me about some
conflicting flags on the IMAP server, and asked whether to keep version A,
version B or both. I was in a hurry so I did not notice what the problem was
exactly. I think I kept both.
Now, when I select this folder again, I get this message, every time:
<server>: Remote id is empty or invalid.
And the folder has no entries. Restarting KMail and Akonadi does not help.
At least I can still view it with Thunderbird.
Oh, and after this last restart, the folder view shows one unread mail in
the drafts folder. When I select this folder, there is only one mail, grayed
out, it's the former draft of this mail I am just composing now. There are
other drafts, but they only show up in Thunderbird, not in KMail.
I logged out and in, and now my drafts are back. The other folder is still
empty, but I do no longer get the 'Remote id is empty or invalid' when
Wow, this became longer than I thought. Now I just read that KDEPIM 4.6.1
has been released, let's see if this will improve things, I guess Gentoo
will have it soon. If not, I will delete my account and re-create it, with
IMAP and the mails not being local this should do no harm.
Maybe I should report some bugs on bugs.kde.org instead of writing here, but
this would be a lot of reports. Maybe when I have more time than now. And
then, I wonder if it is really only me seeing these problems. Shouldn't the
KDEPIM devs see most of them already and hopefully do something about it?
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